Tampa, Fla. – Lynn University's baseball team surely entertained its fan base on Saturday, notching a dramatic 11-10 victory in 14 innings over the University of Tampa Spartans before falling 7-3 in the nightcap, earning a doubleheader split to conclude the sides' Sunshine State Conference (SSC) weekend series. Shayne Fontana hit a go-ahead homer for Lynn in the 14th inning of game one before Jake Buxbaum cemented the victory in his sixth inning in relief.
INSIDE THE RACE:
Finals: Lynn 11, Tampa 10, Tampa 7, Lynn 3
Records: Tampa (25-7, 11-4 SSC), Lynn (16-17, 6-12 SSC)
Location: UT Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.
All-Time Series: Tampa leads 76-25
STATS OF THE DAY:
- Fontana combined for four hits and four RBI on the day, none bigger than his long ball which put Lynn in front for good in the top of the 14th.
- Buxbaum (2-1) kept Tampa at bay from the eighth inning onward, allowing just one unearned run and three hits in 6.0 innings of work.
- Alec Ojeda also pounded out four combined hits in two games, totaling three RBI.
- Byron Murray went deep for the second consecutive day, launching a solo shot to left in his first at-bat of game one.
- Alejandro Martinez hit a combined .400 at the dish, scoring two runs and adding an RBI in the opener.
- The Blue and White trailed by three or more runs twice in the opener and plated three in the top of the ninth to extend the game.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- 14 innings are the most that Lynn has played this season and are its most in a single game since a 15-inning affair against Southern New Hampshire on March 3, 2014.
- Murray now has two home runs in his first four games as a Fighting Knight.
- Lynn's 56 at-bats in the 14-inning thriller are the most by any team in the SSC this season.
- Saturday's doubleheader spanned 8:37 of game time with game one going 5:17.
- Fontana's homer was his team-leading seventh of the season, which ties him for the most in the SSC.
Lynn will have another road SSC series next weekend, traveling to Melbourne to meet the Florida Tech Panthers on April 5-6.